• Kyodo


Hitomi Soga, one of five Japanese nationals abducted to North Korea in 1978 and now back in Japan, will visit Tokyo from Tuesday to Friday to meet government officials, sources close to her said Saturday.

Soga will meet with Kyoko Nakayama, an adviser in the Cabinet Secretariat.

She is expected to ask about the talks between Japan and North Korea over Tokyo’s demand that Pyongyang allow her husband and their two North Korean-born daughters to come to Japan, the sources said.

Soga, 43, is currently staying in her hometown of Mano on Sadogashima Island in Niigata Prefecture.

Her husband, former U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Robert Jenkins, 62, may face a U.S. court-martial for desertion.

Soga hopes to visit the U.S. Embassy and discuss her husband’s predicament with Ambassador Howard Baker.

The U.S. Embassy notified the Mano town government Wednesday that it is considering Soga’s request to visit the embassy.

Soga arrived in Japan with four other abductees Oct. 15.

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